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    • The House, the House Is on Fire! ... from Fire Ants

      Summer is upon us and with this gorgeous warm southern weather comes bugs, pests and rodents. One of the most annoying bugs you can find in East Tennessee is the Fire Ant. Fire Ants look very much ...

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    • They're Coming to Invade Your Home: Ants!

      As the East Tennessee weather gets warmer, more and more insects will begin to come alive, looking for delicious spots to invade your home. One pest we are sure to see a lot of this time of year is ...

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    • Odorous House Ants: a Smelly Invader

      The Odorous House Ants is a native species, found throughout Eastern Tennessee. It earns its name by producing a foul, “rotten coconut” odor when crushed, something you might not know at first, and ...

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    • Don't Go to Bed Itchy

      Nothing strikes fear into sleepy heads faster than BED BUGS! These super annoying, hard to get rid of pests are the worst and often start creeping into homes and beds this time of year in East ...

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    • Sleep Tight Without Bites

      Another report has come out with these pests we just can’t stand to have in our homes, the ones that run fear down our spine… BED BUGS! Local station, WBIR has done a story claiming Knoxville, ...

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    • Protect Your Garden

      June Bugs are here in East Tennessee and ready to devour your garden! The June Bug is really scarab beetles. There are several different species that can be bothering you. In the Knoxville and ...

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    • Fall Leaf Piles, Rake for the Houses Sake!

      Falling leaves may be beautiful, something that the Smoky Mountains is known for even is all the vibrant colors Tennessee has to offer, but the leaf piles that are left behind could be a home to ...

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    • The Fall Invaders Are Coming!

      It’s that time of year again. With fall and pumpkin spice lattes also comes Fall Invaders in East Tennessee. Who are these invaders? Kudzu Bugs Boxelder Bugs Stink Bugs Lady Bugs These four pests come ...

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    • Fall Invaders Are Here

      Fall invaders are here and storming your home or business. That’s right, with the colder weather here in East Tennessee certain pests are going to try to invade your home. The most common pests in the ...

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    • Natural Insecticide for Boxelder Bugs

      If you wish to try and avoid chemical pesticides there is a simple alternative, soap and water. Just add 1 or 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 ml) of dish soap to a standard-size spray bottle filled with water. Shake ...

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    • Do You Have Carpenter Bees or Woodpeckers?

      Do You Have Carpenter Bees or Woodpeckers? Well you might very well have both. Carpenter Bees tend to be a tasty treat for these beautiful timber destroying birds. The original entrance hole of the ...

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    • Are Carpenter Bees Attacking Your Home?

      Carpenter Bees get their common name because nearly all species of these bees build their nests in burrows, dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers, often attacking your home. Carpenter bees are ...

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    • Carpenter Bees - the Flying Power Drill

      Along with the pollen comes the “flying power drill,” also known as a carpenter bee. Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen hovering around the eaves of your house. Often confused ...

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    • Should I Close My Crawl Space Vents During Winter?

      In short the answer is generally yes, they should be closed up during the winter months. If you follow a typical Monthly Maintenance Schedule, Preferred Pest Termite and Turf recommend the month of ...

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    • Preferred Customers Act Now for the Best Savings

      Are you an existing Preferred Pest, Termite & Turf Customer? If you are, now is the time to save big on those services you have been debating and haven’t acted on. Start now for the premiere lawn you ...

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    • We Need Rain but Not in Our Crawlspace

      November through January are typically pretty wet months here in East Tennessee, while it hasn’t been the case lately, and boy we could sure use some rain, we are expecting the precipitation to pick ...

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    • Fleas and Ticks on Those Furry Friends

      If you have a dog or cat, or any animal that goes indoors and out, odds are you’re going to need to protect them from a summer pest, Fleas and Ticks. There are a few options you can choose to keep ...

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    • Bug Invaders Arriving This Fall: Are You Ready?

      In a matter of weeks, we’ll be relieved from swatting away mosquitoes during backyard barbecues. But that only means a new pest threat is ready to rear its head — pest management professionals know ...

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    • Treat Your Lawn, Not Your Dog! Lawn Flea Treatments

      Being the owner of a pest control company, I get asked questions frequently concerning fleas and ticks. Questions such as how to kill fleas, what are some flea remedies, how to get rid of fleas, what ...

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    • What Are Those Tiny White Bugs Floating Around Knoxville?

      You’ve seen ’em while outside, you’ve thought they were dirt or fuzz or dust, but they aren’t and they are invading Knoxville, Tennessee. They are the Asian wooly hackberry aphid or commonly called ...

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    • Fungus Gnats, Fruit Flies, and Drain Flies: What Is the Difference?

      Fungus Gnats, Fruit Flies and Drain Flies are often similar in size and can overtake your house. But which one do you have? Here are a few tips for identifying and stopping these three pesky flies. ...

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    • Natural Repellants: 5 Herbs to Detract Flies

      With summer here you may be getting lots of use out of the grill. Flies can easily ruin a family barbecue or a steak dinner for two on the patio. Detering flies without the use of chemicals can be ...

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    • Happy Halloween from Us at Preferred Pest!

      At Preferred Pest we LOVE Halloween. Is there anything better than coming together in your community with your family? This Halloween we want to remind you that while this is one of our favorite ...

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    • Number One Rated Pest Control Company

      We are so proud and excited to be Knoxville’s Number One rated Pest Control Company, and always appreciative of our customers, the people who voted us Number One! We’ve recently been teaming up with ...

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    • Shop Local in Knoxville

      Did you know Preferred Pest, Termite and Turf is locally owned and operated? Our Owner and technicians are all proud Greater Knoxville Area residents and active members of our communities, and by ...

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    • The Fall Invaders Are Coming!

      It’s that time of year again. With fall and pumpkin spice lattes also comes Fall Invaders in East Tennessee. Who are these invaders? Kudzu Bugs Boxelder Bugs Stink Bugs Lady Bugs These four pests come ...

      Read More
    • Fall Invaders Are Here

      Fall invaders are here and storming your home or business. That’s right, with the colder weather here in East Tennessee certain pests are going to try to invade your home. The most common pests in the ...

      Read More
    • Fall Invaders Are Coming: Kudzu Bugs

      These fall invaders, the Kudzu Bug became increasingly popular of a nuisance in 2009, quickly invading the Southeast. The kudzu bug has gained considerable notoriety for the economic problems it ...

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    • The Fall Invaders Are Coming!

      It’s that time of year again. With fall and pumpkin spice lattes also comes Fall Invaders in East Tennessee. Who are these invaders? Kudzu Bugs Boxelder Bugs Stink Bugs Lady Bugs These four pests come ...

      Read More
    • Fall Invaders Are Here

      Fall invaders are here and storming your home or business. That’s right, with the colder weather here in East Tennessee certain pests are going to try to invade your home. The most common pests in the ...

      Read More
    • Ladybugs Invade East Tennessee Homes

      (WBIR) The first freeze of the year means another sign from Mother Nature: the annual ladybugs invasion that creeps across many East Tennessee homes. “Over 500 (cases), and that includes stinkbug, ...

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    • Who's the Greenest Lawn of Them All?

      Want an amazing green lawn this coming spring? Want to be the envy of the neighborhood? The first step is aeration and over seeding, but a simple step following that is to remember to water the lawn. ...

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    • It's Time to Be the Envy of Your Neighborhood

      Now is the time to get the lawn you’ve always wanted and be the envy of your neighborhood. Preferred Pest, Termite and Turf specializes in Lawn Care services and September is the time to Aerate and ...

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    • Rain Rain Take These Mosquitoes Away

      In East Tennessee, we get summer rains, and while that is great for our gardens and yards, it ISN’T so great for ditches and areas where standing water will pond. This is a recipe for Mosquitoes , ...

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    • Those Pesky Vermits!

      As the weather gets colder more and more animals are looking for a warm retreat and unfortunately our homes make a great shelter. Some of the worst of these animals are mice and rats! Just those ...

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    • Mice Mice Baby

      As cold weather is still among us in East Tennessee so are mice and other rodents trying to invade your home! Don’t let these pesky guys take over! Sure you could set traps and do it your self, but ...

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    • Fall Leaf Piles, Rake for the Houses Sake!

      Falling leaves may be beautiful, something that the Smoky Mountains is known for even is all the vibrant colors Tennessee has to offer, but the leaf piles that are left behind could be a home to ...

      Read More
    • End of Summer Still Means a Risk for Mosquitoes

      Mosquitoes are still going strong, even as summer winds down here in East Tennessee. And with 6 new cases of the West Nile virus reported in Knox County, the city of Knoxville is prompted to do an end ...

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    • Rain Rain Take These Mosquitoes Away

      In East Tennessee, we get summer rains, and while that is great for our gardens and yards, it ISN’T so great for ditches and areas where standing water will pond. This is a recipe for Mosquitoes , ...

      Read More
    • CDC Is Almost out of Money to Fight the Zika Virus

      The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is almost out of money to combat the growing problem and fight the Zika Virus, says their Director. What an alarming announcement! As more and more Americans are ...

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    • Those Pesky Vermits!

      As the weather gets colder more and more animals are looking for a warm retreat and unfortunately our homes make a great shelter. Some of the worst of these animals are mice and rats! Just those ...

      Read More
    • Mice Mice Baby

      As cold weather is still among us in East Tennessee so are mice and other rodents trying to invade your home! Don’t let these pesky guys take over! Sure you could set traps and do it your self, but ...

      Read More
    • Don't Fret, Not All Spiders Are the Worst

      Tennessee is home to many species of spiders; however, only three are poisonous – the black widow , the brown recluse and the brown widow . All three of these species are found in every Tennessee ...

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    • Spider Prevention Tips from Martha Stewart

      As the cold weather approaches we start to see more pests inside the home as they seek shelter for the season, including spiders. Many of you may feel similar unpleasant thoughts about these eight ...

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    • Are Cellar Spiders (Daddy Long-Legs Spiders) Poisonous?

      There is an urban legend stating that daddy long-legs spiders have the most potent venom of any spider, but that their chelicerae (fangs) are either too small or too weak to puncture human skin; the ...

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    • The Fall Invaders Are Coming!

      It’s that time of year again. With fall and pumpkin spice lattes also comes Fall Invaders in East Tennessee. Who are these invaders? Kudzu Bugs Boxelder Bugs Stink Bugs Lady Bugs These four pests come ...

      Read More
    • Fall Invaders Are Here

      Fall invaders are here and storming your home or business. That’s right, with the colder weather here in East Tennessee certain pests are going to try to invade your home. The most common pests in the ...

      Read More
    • Why Are Termites So Devastating to Your Home?

      Termites . If you’re a homeowner, you live in fear of these tiny bugs, knowing that spotting even one near your home could be a sign of potentially huge danger. However, those who are not homeowners ...

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    • Buying or Selling Your Home? You'll Want to Read This

      Termites, oh those pesky termites. Easy to keep away from your home, but detrimental to your property’s value if you get an invasion. If you are planning on buying or selling your home you have to by ...

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    • Run for the Hills! Swarming Termites Are Coming!

      Swarming Termites!!! Could there be anything worse!?! Don’t Run for the Hills, Instead Call Preferred Pest Termite and Turf to stop these swarmers in before they take over your home. Termite swarmers ...

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    • Fleas and Ticks on Those Furry Friends

      If you have a dog or cat, or any animal that goes indoors and out, odds are you’re going to need to protect them from a summer pest, Fleas and Ticks. There are a few options you can choose to keep ...

      Read More
    • Protect Your Family from Ticks Carrying Life-Threatening Powassan Virus

      Powassan virus (POW) starts with fever, vomiting, seizures and memory loss. About half of survivors have permanent neurological symptoms and 10% of all cases are fatal, according to the Centers for ...

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    • Don't Fret, Not All Spiders Are the Worst

      Tennessee is home to many species of spiders; however, only three are poisonous – the black widow , the brown recluse and the brown widow . All three of these species are found in every Tennessee ...

      Read More

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